AFL Veteran Ron James joins Gladiators coaching staff

AFL Veteran Ron James joins Gladiators coaching staff

The Cleveland Gladiators announced today that Ron James will join the team's coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator under Head Coach Steve Thonn. James, a coaching veteran in the Arena Football League, was 15-2 last season as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Power; his winningest season as a head coach in the AFL.

James' Gladiators debut will be in Tampa on March 27th. The home opener for the 2014 American Conference Champions will be on Saturday, April 11h vs. Arizona.

"It is great to have Ron on board as part of the Cleveland Gladiators. To get a coach of his caliber in both overall experience and the success he has had on the field will definitely add to our team," Thonn said. "He understands the Arena game and what it takes to win this league. Our players will learn from him I look forward to working with him this upcoming season."

"I'm really excited to be joining a team like Cleveland who had tremendous success last season. I have a lot of respect for the Cleveland coaching staff and what they did last year. We had some great battles back and forth, so it's good to be on the same sideline with Coach Thonn again," James said.

James will oversee the Gladiators defense in 2015.